Rekindling the Creative Spirit ~ A Fundraiser for Hui Ho’olana
A 7-Day Photographic Workshop at The Hui ~ Molokai, Hawaii
Seeing simply, creatively expressing our inner vision,
reconnecting with our environment, our photography, and our selves
Accommodations at the Hui
In 1967 the Cooke family built a lodge for themselves on land that had been in the family since 1908. This lodge now serves as the primary facility for our guests during workshops. While here you can count on sharing a room with one or two others if you come alone, or with your partner if you come as a couple. Contact your instructor who will determine room-sharing arrangements for singles and couples, as well as our available accommodations.
All bathrooms are shared, including our two outdoor shower houses. A popular highlight for many guests is relaxing in one of our outdoor claw-foot tubs. A hot bath under the stars is not to be missed.
Our guests can look forward to an experience that is simple and close to the earth. Be prepared for natural surface, uneven walking trails as you walk around the property. This requires some fitness and a willingness and ability to hike short distances up a gradual 20% incline.
Please be aware that the Hui Ho’olana is set in a camp-like environment, and that our facilities are not fully accessible for individuals with some types of disabilities. The access to most parts of the center is via natural-surfaced foot paths of up to a quarter mile on a moderate incline. Guests will need to take personal responsibility for their own physical abilities and for using flashlights for lighting during the nighttime hours.
Please print the liability release form, sign and send to your instructor before you arrive.
Karma Yoga is a practice of offering time in support of the household needs of your retreat and is an intrinsic part of living in community. Staff and guests all participate in karma yoga on a daily basis. You will each be given a small job like sweeping a deck or wiping the tables after meals. It is a fun way to feel truly a part of your group experience, and our small staff of volunteers greatly appreciates your willingness to contribute and participate in this way during your stay at Hui Ho’olana.
The Hui is known for its fabulous homegrown salads and delicious healthy cuisine. Meals are mainly vegetarian plus occasional chicken, eggs and fresh local fish and beef. They are created and served ‘family style.’ Most of what we serve is organic, and our food is locally grown to the degree possible.
Living on a remote island, menus are necessarily planned and shopped for in advance and based on local availability and seasonality of foods. We are therefore generally not able to accommodate special diet needs or preferences. If you are on a very specific or restricted diet consider bringing items you need to augment your meals as shopping on Molokai is very limited.
If you have any life-threatening food allergies, such as peanuts or shellfish, please let us (as well as your instructor) know as soon as possible before you come so that we can do our best to help you guard your health and have an enjoyable week of wonderful food.
Weather & What To Bring
As you are packing for your trip to Molokai be sure to go online to check the weather forecast, noting that the Hui is located up on a hill near the lower edge of the rain forest, and is therefore a bit wetter and several degrees cooler than the general Molokai forecast. Here is a link to the weather for our closest town, Kualapu’u
One of the most important things guests have learned over the years is PACK LIGHT! You need very little here. Pack so that you can easily carry your luggage up a staircase or down to your cabin. We do supply bath and beach towels. The nighttime island beauty of pure darkness and incredible starry nights are part of the magic of time spent on Molokai, so be sure you bring a flashlight.
- 2-3 light changes of clothing that can be rinsed out is plenty.
- Bring something warm for our cool evenings, such as a fleece jacket and a pair of warm socks.
- Slip-off shoes or sandals (Hawaiian custom is to remove your shoes before entering a home).
- You will be walking on paths at night with minimal or no lighting, be sure you bring a flashlight.
- The strong sun and amount of time spent outdoors can be more dehydrating than you might be used to, carrying a water bottle is essential for your energy and well being.
- Bring what toiletries and sun screen you will need, as island shopping is limited.
- Mosquitoes can be out at certain times of the year, so bring an insect repellent if this concerns you. Herbal products made with eucalyptus oil work well for many people.
- During winter months it can be rainy so a light rain jacket would be wise.
- Either cash or US checks, as we do not take credit cards for our gallery or massage therapist.
Trip Insurance is recommended. One company you may want to try is CSA Travel Protection. They can be reached toll free at 800.711.1197.
There are no direct flights from the US mainland to Molokai. You will need to fly to Honolulu or Maui and take a flight with one of three inter-island airlines:
~ Hawaiian Airlines
~ Mokulele Airlines
~ Makani Kai Airlines
Two websites that are generally good sources for inter-island airfares are Kayak.com and onetravel.com Make sure you check your bag all the way to Ho’olehua Airport on Molokai. Your baggage sticker should say MKK.
On your arrival day, please remember that check in time is 2pm. Before 2:00, we are preparing for you and we cannot accommodate early arrivals. Check out is by 12 noon on your departure day. That is when the staff begins our clean up and ‘down time’ – your timely departure is appreciated. Please plan your travel arrangements accordingly, and be sure your instructor knows your arrival and departure times.
If you fly in earlier or depart later, lunch over the beautiful view at the Hotel Molokai, or a sandwich and Molokai’s own coffee at the Coffees of Hawaii plantation can be a pleasant start or end for your week on the island.
Auto and Taxi
While it is not necessary for you to rent a car, there will be down time during the workshop when you will have some time to explore the island on your own.
There are two car rental options on the island;
~ Alamo, which operates at the airport – 888.826.6893
~ Molokai Car Rental – 808.336.0670
Taxi service can be arranged through;
~ Hele Mai Taxi at 808.336.0967 or 808.646.9060
~ Molokai Off-Road Tours & Taxi at 808.553.3369.
Driving Directions: If you are driving a rental car from the airport: Turn right as you exit the airport (where the sign says “Aloha – Slow Down – This is Molokai”). Turn left (east) at the T-intersection onto Highway 460 (towards Kaunakakai), then left again (north) onto Kalae Hwy 470 towards Kualapu’u. Drive three miles north, uphill, and turn right at the 3-mile marker. Drive to the end of the driveway and park above the Lodge.
Accommodations & Activities
Accommodations on Molokai
If you are interested in spending a night or more on Molokai before or after your workshop, there is one hotel on the island, Hotel Molokai.
Activities on Molokai
A list of Molokai activities can be found at VisitMolokai.com
Here are a few of our favorites;
Molokai Fishing for deep sea fishing trips, whale watching and snorkeling – Mike Holmes 808.336.0047 or 808.567.6789
Alyce C Fishing for deep sea fishing – Joe Reich – 808.558.8377
Molokai Fish and Dive for whale watching, snorkel and scuba trips and ocean kayaking – 808.553.5926